Chan Centre Connects | Heart of a Dog

USA 2015. Dir: Laurie Anderson. 75 min. DCP

One of the top 25 films of 2015

Initially approached to make a film about her “philosophy of life,” visionary multimedia artist Laurie Anderson created a rich, dreamlike mediation on loss and love, primarily starring her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle. Narrated by Anderson and dedicated to her late husband, musician Lou Reed, the documentary muses about trauma and grief, relationships with loved ones, and life’s fragility — all with a poetic, rather sublime intonation. Super 8 footage and original art and animation are interspersed with Anderson’s profound yet relatable series of reflections. “I tried to make a film about things that are very sad, but with a lot of joy” (Anderson). “Heart of a Dog is as immediate as a paragraph by Kerouac, as disarmingly playful as a Cole Porter melody, as rhapsodically composed as a poem by Whitman, and a thing of rare beauty” (Film Society of Lincoln Center).

This screening of Heart of a Dog is presented in conjunction with the live performance “Laurie Anderson: All the Things I Lost in the Flood” at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Monday, April 23 at 8:00 pm.

The Chan Centre Connects Series presents outreach activities related to visiting artists performing in the annual concert season at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC. For more information on these events, please visit



NYT Critic’s Pick | "Dreamy, drifty, and altogether lovely."

New York Times | full review

"Haunting and celebratory at once ... Anderson delivers a unique window into her creative mind."

IndieWire | full review